FIFA World Cup 2018 : Live Football Match Score Brazil vs Costa Rica: Brazil will be desperately looking for a win in their second encounter of the tournament after a disappointing opener against Switzerland.
Live Updates of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Brazil vs Costa Rica From Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
18:05 IST: 10 minutes left in the first half. Brazil have breached the Costa Rica defense on multiple occasions but have failed to score. It has been a brilliant display of defense from the latter. Score still 0-0.
18:03 IST: Willian with the curling kick but the ball ends-up Wide.
18:01 IST: Another off-side for Brazil. Second from Jesus.
18:00 IST: 30 minutes up! Brazil are looking more menacing now. They are continuously breaching Costa Rica defense but are just not able to find the net. Both teams still goal-less.
17:55 IST: Disappointment for Brazil, disappointment for Marcelo. That was a brilliant run, ball goes into the net fir Brazil but Jesus is off-side.
17:53 IST: Another free-kick from outside the box for Brazil. Cleared! by the Costa Rica defense.
17:46 IST: Free-kick taken by Marcelo. Cleared by the goal-keeper.
17:45 IST: 15 minutes are up. Costa Ricans are now looking confident. Two breaches in last two minutes inside Brazilian half.
17:43 IST: That was just wide from Borges. Brilliant passing from the Costa Ricans inside Brazilian half. Opportunity missed by the Costa Ricans.
17:38 IST: Free kick for Brazil from just outside the box. Neymar is all set. Cleared by the Costa Rican defense.
17:35 IST: Brazil have played quite aggressively in the opening minutes of the game. Majority possession has been with the Brazilians and the ball in the Costa Rican half.
17:33 IST: Coutinho with first shot of the match but the ball goes over.
17:32 IST: Brazil are just settling in with some passes in the middle of the park without any attacking intent.
17:30 IST: KICKOFF
17:27 IST: We are now moments away from the kick off.
17:24 IST: The teams are out on the pitch and their respective National Anthems are being played.
16:45 IST: Sidelining injury woes, Neymar is in the starting XI for Brazil against Costa Rica.
16:35 IST: Starting XI for both the teams announced.
16:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica straight from Saint Petersburg Stadium.
The Switzerland clash was his first competitive game for nearly four months after a broken bone in his right foot ended his club season with Paris Saint-Germain in February. To the frustration of many in the French capital, Neymar returned home for much of his recovery process with the intention of being fully fit for the World Cup. However, questions remain whether he is seriously lacking match practice. Brazil looked to their talisman time and again in the final stages in Rostov-on-Don, but he failed to find the final pass or finish to unlock a well-organised Switzerland defence. Instead, it was Philippe Coutinho who got Brazil’s campaign off to a flying start with a wonderful long range strike to open the scoring. In contrast to Neymar, Coutinho ended the season in sensational form for Barcelona after sealing his dream move from Liverpool. Should Neymar not be fit, Coutinho could be moved into his role on the left of a front three with Tite bolstering his midfield.
However, Coutinho insists Neymar remains the key figure in Brazil’s pursuit of World Cup glory. “Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Of course having him in our side is a big plus for us,” said Coutinho. “He is so important. He is always creating the play, creating space.” Brazil were not just unhappy with the treatment meted out to Neymar, but also Switzerland’s equaliser when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system failed to rule out Steven Zuber’s equaliser for a slight push on Miranda.